By Jim Stanford on January 17, 2013
The Jackson Town Council today appointed Don Frank, a 22-year Jackson Hole resident and Indian Trails homeowner, to serve the remaining two years in the seat vacated by Melissa Turley.
Frank is president of Dembergh Construction. He and his wife, Maryellen, have two teenage boys.
Mayor Mark Barron and councilors Bob Lenz, Hailey Morton and Jim Stanford voted to appoint him, after hours of deliberation over two days. The seat was vacant following Turley’s election to the Teton County Board of Commissioners.
Frank was one of 11 applicants who interviewed before the council Wednesday. He was the first to submit his letter of interest to the town in December. During the interview, he came across as thoughtful, experienced in budgets and knowledgeable about construction.
His interests are varied. He owns a degree in microbiology and brewing science from Cal-Davis and was a partner in Grand Teton Brewing Co. He also studied literature, Spanish and psychology at Central University of Iowa.
When asked by the mayor about his ability to provide leadership in an unpopular environment, Frank responded, “Candor is kindness.”
The decision was a difficult one, given a strong field of applicants that featured two former councilmen, two current or former planning commissioners and three candidates from the last election, including runner-up Phil Cameron.
Aside from an applicant’s wife and a News&Guide reporter, not one member of the public attended the open interview session.